Youth Is Served Again And Again And Again - Caitlin O'Reilly Completes NZ Triple Crown

Youth Is Served Again And Again And Again – Caitlin O’Reilly Completes NZ Triple Crown

Photo of Caitlin O’Reilly courtesy of Gareth Cooke of Sub Zero Images.

16-year-old Caitlin O’Reilly of Auckland, New Zealand was making plans and training for channel crossing of the Catalina Channel in California and the Tsugaru Channel in northern Japan after she had become the youngest person to cross the Cook Strait at the age of 12 in 2017.

But then the COVID-19 pandemic hit and all the precocious New Zealand swimmer from Auckland had to called off her overseas plans. She shifted her sights to domestic swims.

On February 17th, she made history by completely a crossing of the Foveaux Strait in 10 hours, becoming the youngest swimmer to make the 28.6 km crossing and to complete the New Zealand Triple Crown of Swimming (28.6 km crossing of the Foveaux Strait + 23 km crossing of the Cook Strait between North Island and South Island in 2017 + a 40.2 km crossing of Lake Taupo in 2019).

For more information on the young swimmer, visit here.

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